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Icy weather looms for Tasmania

Ben Domensino, Friday May 7, 2021 - 13:24 EST

A flurry of cold fronts is about to send surges of wintry weather across Tasmania, resulting in blustery showers and low-level snow.

Friday's weather across Tasmania is not too bad by most people's standards. Despite a few showers, northwesterly winds are keeping temperatures several degrees above average in most parts of the state.

Hobart had already reached 21ºC by lunchtime on Friday, which is almost 7ºC above average for this time of year.

But like most spells of warm weather in Tasmania this close to winter, it won't last long.

Friday's northwesterly winds are flowing ahead of an approaching cold front. Once this front hits Tasmania on Saturday, temperatures will take a dive and showers will spread over much of the state, particularly the west and north.

A few showers will linger in the state's north and west on Sunday, before a much stronger cold front arrives on Monday. This system will cause rain to spread across Tasmania, along with a burst of strong winds and a noticeable drop in temperature.

Image: A very cold air mass will spread over Tasmania on Monday. Get ready for snow!

Some areas of western Tasmania could see 20-40mm of rain on Monday alone, while the Hobart region should about 5-10mm at this stage. Nearly all of this will fall as snow over the state's central and western highlands, which should convert to more than 20cm of fresh cover.

It should be cold enough for snow to reach about 700-800 metres above sea level by Monday afternoon or evening, possibly a bit lower.

Damaging winds are also likely in some areas of Tasmania with the passage of Monday's front, so keep an eye out for severe weather warnings later in the weekend.

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